Faith Christian Middle School Student Life
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: November
In early November, our students filled the boxes during middle school packing day during their Bible classes. It was precious to watch and hear the students pray over the filled boxes as they stacked them on tables in the Middle School lobby throughout the day. Now 257 children somewhere in the world, will receive their gift boxes filled with all kinds of wonderful new things - for most, it may be the only gift they ever receive. In late November, our student council delivered those 257 shoeboxes filled with personal items, school supplies, candy, and toys to the OCC Drop-off area. To finalize the outreach for the year, in mid-December, the 8th grade class spent a day assisting at the OCC warehouse in Aurora to prepare thousands of shoeboxes for shipping.
"But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." (Hebrews 13:16)
SPIRIT WEEK: The week prior to Homecoming 2017 is a fun filled week at Faith Christian for both students and staff!
SEE YOU AT THE POLE: September
See You at the Pole™ was inspired by the initiative of students in one youth group in Burleson, Texas, early in 1990. The teenagers felt led to go and pray at night at several area schools during a weekend youth group retreat. They had a profound time of prayer. That experience has now grown to God-sized proportions. Now each year, more than 3 million students from all over the world participate in See You at the Pole--Students in more than 20 countries take part. In places like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, students are responding to God and taking seriously the challenge to pray.
Faith students met at 7:00am to pray for their school, city, state, country and for the elections. While Middle School students gathered to pray at the Ward Street Campus, the flag pole at the Carr Street Campus also saw a gathering of High School students.
Matthew 18:19-21 - “I promise that when any two of you on earth agree about something you are praying for, my Father in heaven will do it for you. Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.” (CEV)
CAMP EDEN: September
The 8th grade class took a couple of days in early-September and headed West to Camp Eden for a leadership retreat. Located just west of Golden in the Coal Creek area Camp was an incredible, action-packed couple of days full of activities and beautiful weather! From zip-lining over a lake to playing human foosball, to taking a hike with a view of the entire front range mountains there was never a dull or boring moment! We had a line-up of great speakers and a high school student leadership panel that focused on being leaders in our school, in the world, and all for Jesus.
6th GRADE OUTDOOR LAB: August
The 6th grade class headed up to Camp Timberline, located near the base of Long’s Peak in Estes Park. It was an action-packed two days full of outdoor education lessons, mountain adventures, and two nights of chapel services where students discovered what it means to fear and love God and trust in Him to be our refuge and our fortress. It was a amazing trip with an awesome 6th grade class!!
ANNUAL 8th GRADE WASHINGTON DC TRIP: May
The 8th grade Washington DC Trip was an amazing action-packed week of discovery. The week started in Boston where our students discovered the Freedom Trail, they also visited Lexington, Concord and Plymouth. The next phase of the trip took them to Philadelphia, and then to Gettysburg, PA visiting the incredible Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War. Students were escorted around town and through the battlefields with an onsite guide that taught the students about the impact of this three day battle and how it played out on the battlefield. In DC they visited many memorials as well as a couple of brief visits to the Smithsonian Museums. During the Capitol visit, the students enjoyed getting to meet Representative Ed Perlmutter who took time out of his busy schedule to chat with our students and answer some of their questions. The trip ended with a visit to Mt. Vernon and the Holocaust Museum which was a moving experience for all.
ANNUAL 7th GRADE SKI TRIP: February 2017
This year’s 7th grade class escaped the classrooms for a few days to enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains in February! They had a great time hitting the slopes, bonding as a class, and listening to what the Lord had for us as a family. It was an action-packed trip that was full of lots of laughs, fun adventures, and great memories! Whether we were skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, extreme tubing, roller skating, or playing in an exciting, real-life game of hungry-hungry-hippo ... it was an extraordinary trip!! There really wasn’t a dull moment and we wouldn’t have had it any other way!
The 7th Grade Ski Trip Leads to Fun Times and Memories - written by a 7th grade student, 2016
The 7th grade ski trip was a success and a blast to all of the 7th graders that went. Even the few students that didn't ski had fun doing other activities that they enjoyed. They all left the trip safely with minimal injuries. The YMCA offered many fun activities to do after they skied for a whole day. The top things that they loved about the gym were the roller skating and the basketball court. The 7th graders also got to play dodgeball and hungry, hungry hippos. After the gym, they would go to the worship session to praise the one and only amazing God and listen to God's truth from Mr. McNeal. On the third day of their trip, they got to go to a fun tubing hill to sled down green, blue, or black slopes. Lots of laughter could be heard as students, chaperones, and teachers linked together in great big blobs to go down the hill, and one group was clocked at 39 mph. Hopefully this experience created new and growing friendships with each other, and that every 7th grader will know who they are in Christ.
We are pleased to announce that 2566 cans and food items were collected by our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. It was a successful Canned Food Drive that will bless many local families! Items collected were donated to the Arvada Food Bank by once of the 6th grade classes. In addition, 8th grade student members of the National Junior Honor Society spent a day helping at the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17 NIV
DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT: This fun-fundraising annual event is a competition between students and the teachers.
ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPETITION: 8th Grade vs Teacher Basketball Game
An Epic Rivalry between the Students and Faculty - Written by a middle school student:
There are many events occurring throughout the school year but one of the most prominent of them all is the Faculty V.S. Students basketball game. In this game, the middle school and elementary show up to watch and in my opinion it is honestly worth the time. The thing is, the students almost never win, and that tradition has stayed true this school year as the Faculty came in with a 46-37 victory over the students. As the score shows, the game was very enjoyable to watch and was back and forth until the Faculty pulled away within the last rotations. By the end of the first rotation of women to men, the score was 7-6, the Faculty just barely leading. By the end of the 1st quarter the score was 14-11 Faculty, again still a very close game at this early point in the game. Coming to the end of the 2nd rotation the score was 27-15, the Faculty steadily pulling away. At halftime the score was 33-26, the Faculty still winning. The end of the 3rd rotation came around and the score sadly didn’t speak in the Students’ favor, as it was now 36-28. Disappointingly, the score never changed from the Faculty’s favor, but we have to give some credit to the Students for playing a team of full-grown adults. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the score came in as 46-34, both teams significantly increasing in points. The end of the game came around and the Faculty won with a score that didn’t change much for either sides since the end of the 3rd quarter, 46-37. This game was overall fun to watch and despite the Students’ loss, I am pretty sure everyone enjoyed it.
THANKSGIVING FEAST: This fun event gives families the opportunity to enjoy a hot lunch with their students.